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MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
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As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Dym has over 19 years of experience and dedication to enhancing the overall health and well-being of pets. His commitment and passion for pet health continuously drives him to learn more about the art and science of homeopathy through ongoing training and education.

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Date: Jan 19, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: lethargic and leaking urine

Question:My female cat is 3 years old and for the past three days she's been laying around. Monday she vomitted. Four days later her appetite is still missing and she's leaked peed herself. I took her to the vet Wednesday and the blood test came back fine. I'm worried it's a UTI. Her brother died this summer of a urinary blockage. She's on urinary so and calm dry food diet. Is there anything I can give her to help? I've tried Pepcid 10 mg tablets and that's been ineffective. Is there anything else I can get over the counter to help her now?

Answer:Fortunately, unlike male cats, female cats rarely tend to block up, so when they do have urinary tract inflammation it is usually NOT life or health threatening. Also studies show that young female cats this age RARELY have true urinary tract infections. Finally, the symptoms you describe do sound potentially more serious than simple urinary tract inflammation, and given the non responsive to the pepcid AC best to take her to local vet for workup

Date: Jan 10, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: medication

Question:cant get my dog to take her meds ,tried putting it in her food ..power form in drinking water etc. Meds don't seem to work ,,still spotting...

Answer:I would ask your local vet if having meds compounded by local pharmacy in your area or even 1800petmeds offers this service

Date: Jan 6, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Incontinence

Question:I have a 20 poodle mix who has incontinence issues. His vet put him on 25 mg of Proin once/day, but he still has leakage problems. Sometimes when he gets up in the morning his belly is stained from his urine. Is there anything else I can do/give him to help with this problem. I think it may be a result of being improperly neutered.

Answer:I would first make sure there are no other medical issues by having urine analysis and culture and possibly x rays. If all negative, sometimes other incontinence meds are needed and/or adjusting up dose of proin

Date: Dec 28, 2016
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Reaccuring Uti

Question:I Had My Dog At The Vet A Few Weeks Ago She Had A Uti They Gave Her Two Weeks Of Antibiotics And Now This Week She's Urinating Every Hour Panting And Drinking Lots Of Water. She Has Been Urinating In The House Which She Never Does. I Am Calling The Vet Again Tomorrow. Is There Something I Can Do To Help Prevent These From Coming Back?

Answer:I Would Return To Vet For Recheck Of Urine Analysis And Possibly Urine Culture To Make Sure Right Antibiotic Has Been Prescribed. Also Blood Work May Be Indicated To Possibly Look For Underlying Metabolic Illnesses That Might Cause Recurrent Infections, As Well As X Rays To Rule Out Bladder Stones

Date: Dec 27, 2016
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Medicine For Urinary Infection In Cat

Question:My Cat Is Urinating But He Is Going To The Litter Box Several Times And Coming Out Without Peeing..please Tell What To Do

Answer:As Male Cats Sometimes Can Get Obstructed With Crystals And Mucous, Etc, It Is Best To Take Him To Vet Asap For Proper Evaluation And Treatment

Date: Dec 27, 2016
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Uti In My Dog

Question:I Have A 5 Year Old Mini Snouzher Dog Who Cannot Stop Licking Her Private Parts. It Has Been Going For About Two Weeks Now. There Is Also A Fluid Coming Out Of It I Believe, Because When She's Sleeping On My Bed Sometimes She Leaves A Little Light Brown Spot On The Comforter. I Am Concerned That She Has A Uti, But I Am Not Sure What To Look For To Understand Whether Or Not She Actually Needs To Be Seen By Our Vet. What Should I Do? She Also Has Itchy Skin. As A Hypo-allergenic, We've Been Told That This Is Normal. However, I'm Not Sure If This Issue Is Related To Her Vaginal Issues.

Answer:She Needs To Be Evaluated And Seen By Your Local Vet For Proper Diagnosis And Treatment, Based On Your Description

Date: Dec 26, 2016
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Apple Cider Vinager

Question:Will Adding Apple Cider Vinager To My Dogs Water Help In Kidney Function And Help Prevent Gallstones Ect

Answer:Cant Hurt But No Evidence, As Far As I Know, That It Will Help With Kidney Function Or Gallstone Issues, Etc

Date: Dec 25, 2016
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Is There A Similar Food To Hill's Prescription Diet?

Question:I Have Two Rescued Cocker Spaniels, 9 Yrs Old. Due To A Particular Kid Of Crystal In Their Urine As Well As Their Ph And Other Test Numbers, Me Vet Recommended Hill's Prescription Diet W/d (they Are Not Overweight). They Were On The Diet For A Few Weeks And Their Blood And Urine Values Fell Back Into Line But They Could Not Tolerate The Chicken In The Food - They Began Throwing Up Their Food - A Known Allergy. Is There A Food With Similar Benefits That Does Not Have Chicken? Thank You.

Answer:I Would See Vet For Recheck, As May Be Other Causes Of Recent Vomiting Again At This Age. As For Diet Alternatives, I Would Stick With What Your Vet Recommends, Or You Can Consult With Vet Nutritionist On The Website Www.balanceit.com

Date: Dec 24, 2016
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Uti

Question:I Have A 6yr Old Female Border Collie That Just Started Urinating Blood. She Keeps Trying To Urinate Every Times She Gets Up To Walk. I Don't Get Paid Til Next Thursday And All The Vets Are Closed Today For Xmas. How Can I Help Her?

Answer:You Can Try Over The Counter Products At Local Super Market Or Drug Store Or Health Food Store, Such As Cranactin Or Cranberry Tablet Extracts. You Can Also Add 1/2 Teaspoon Of The Supplement D Mannose From Health Food Stores To Meals To Help As Well. Vitamin C At Dose Of 1000 Mg Twice Daily May Help As Well. When You Can, I Would Take Her To Vet If Signs Persist Or Worsen.

Date: Dec 17, 2016
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Urinary Tract Infection Diagnosis And Treatment

Question:My Cat Is 9 And Has Had Uti 2 Times B4 And Think She Does Again. I Love Her So Much But Am Low Income And Cant Afford Vet Expenses Is There A Way I Can Treat Her Cheaper Myself? Im Very Worried She Isnt Using Litter Box Has Her Accidents Then Hides Under Kids Bed For Long Periods. Any Suggestions Would Be Greatly Appreciated.

Answer:Not Much You Can Do At Home. You Can Try Cranberry Products From 1800petmeds Or Tinkle Tonic From Www.animalessentials.com But Best To See Vet For Exam, Urine Analysis And Appropriate Meds

Date: Dec 13, 2016
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Natural Remedies For Addisons And Over The Counter Meds

Question:My Little Puggle Was Diagnosed With Addison's A Few Months Back. I Am Wondering Is There Any Natural Remedy Or Otc Type Med For Addisons That Is Cheaper Than Prescribed Pills?

Answer:This Is One Of Those Diseases That I Would Stick With Traditional Veterinary Medicine, As That Does The Best Job With These Kind Of Cases, As Her Adrenal Glands Are Not Producing The Hormones Necessary For Life. There Is A Once Month Injection You Can Ask Your Vet About That May Be More Economical For A Small Dog This Size, Which Is Known As Pericorten.

Date: Dec 12, 2016
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: A Few Questions

Question:A Little Background: My Husband And I Had A Dog Who Had Been Diagnosed With Kidney, No Cause Was Ever Provided By Our Vet. Our Dog Was Put On I.v. Fluids And We Later Found Out After He Was Released That He Was Also Being Given Baytril And Cerenia. During His 4 Days At The Vet He Was On An Empty Stomach And Had Been Brought In To The Vet Initially After He Refused To Eat The Day Before. Him Not Eating Was A Concern To Us As We Had Brought Him To The Vet Months Prior When He Was Puking Up Bile In The Mornings. We Were Told It Was Acid Reflux (although His Records Show No Diagnosis). He Was Given Famantodine And We Were Directed To Call Back If The Vomiting Did Not Resolve In A Week. We Adjusted His Feeding Schedule As Well And The Vomiting Went Away. our Wonderings, Looking Over Our Dogs Records We Saw He Was Given Baytril Once A Day Intravenously. He Didn't Vomit During These Days And Still Had Alertness Then Suddenly One Of The Days Just Hours Apart He Was Given Baytril Twice By 2 Different Individuals. Unfortunately I Cannot Say Why This Was Done As We Received Very Limited Information From Our Vet. What I Can Say Though Is That The Day After Receiving 2 Doses In Day Then Receiving A Dose The Next Day He Became Nauseated, Less Alert, And Apparently Vomited What Looked Like Blood? Could This Be Related To Our Dog Recieving The Extra Dose? What Are The Side Effects Could Have Resulted From The Use Of Baytr

Answer:I Doubt That Was Due To Side Effect Of Baytril, Which Typically Does Not Cause That, Even With Extra Dose. Most Likely Related To The Underlying And Still Present Chronic Kidney Disease

Date: Dec 11, 2016
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Cat Peeing On People

Question:My Cat, Who Is About 14 Years Old And Female Keeps Peeing On People. I Don't Know Why She's Doing This, She Has A Clean Litter Box.

Answer:Best To Take Cat This Age To Vet For Proper Exam And Workup To Make Sure No Underlying Treatable Causes Including Urinary Infection, Kidney Disease, Diabetes, Etc

Date: Dec 4, 2016
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Cat Possible Uti

Question:Hello, my Husband And I Think Out Cat May Have A Uti. She Use's The Bathroom, But Is Going Outside The Litter Box. She Has Never Done This. Also The Urine Has A Slight Tint Of Blood In It. Do You Think Buying Over The Counter Uti Medicine Is Something To Consider Trying?

Answer:You Can Try Natural Cranberry Products From 1800petmeds, As Well As D Mannose A Pinch Added To Meals From Local Health Food Store, In Addition To Natural Calming Agents Such As Be Serene And Composure From 1800petmeds. To Learn More About This Chronic, Complex Medical Condition, See The Excellent Article On Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease By Wendy Brooks, Dvm Which You Can Google On Line. Best To Take Your Cat In For Proper Exam And Urine Analysis At Local Vet. See A Competent Vet Who Just Will Not Only Prescribe Antibiotics For This Noninfectious Condition In Most Cases. Also An X Ray May Need To Be Done To Make Sure No Bladder Stones. I Recommend All Wet Food Diets In Cats Prone To This

Date: Dec 3, 2016
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Cat Urinating Problems

Question:My Cat Has Been Having Trouble Urinating She Goes To The Cat Box Quite Frequently But Does Not Urinate Very Much She Has Been Under A Lot Of Stress Lately And Another Person Has Been Watching Her For Me And I Think The Other Person Might Have Given Her Different Food Do You Have Any Advice For Me Please And Thank You

Answer:Given The Recent Stressors In This Cat's Environment, She Likely Has A Flareup Of Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease, Which You Can Read More About On The Excellent Article By Wendy Brooks, Dvm, Which You Can Access On Line. Most Vets Dont Properly Treat This Condition In My Opinion, Prescribing Antibiotics For A Noninfectious Condition, Etc. Prescription Pain Meds Can Help Shorten Duration, As Well As Other Supportive Measures. I Recommend All Wet Food Diets For Cats Prone To This, As Well As Minimizing Stress. Fortunately, Since She Is A Female Cat, She Will Likely Not Get Blockages Like The Male Cats Are Prone To. See Competent Local Vet For Appropriate Exam, Urine Analysis And Workup


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